The African Union announced Friday that it was suspending Guinea after a coup d’état in the West African country which saw its president Alpha Condé arrested.
The pan-African body said on Twitter that it “decides to suspend the Republic of Guinea from all activities and decision-making bodies of the AU”.
The move came after Guinean special forces seized power on Sunday and arrested Condé, who was increasingly criticized for his alleged authoritarianism.
The AU condemned the military takeover on Sunday and called for the release of Condé, who became the country’s first democratically elected president in 2010.
His decision to suspend Guinea came after a similar decision on Wednesday by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which sent a mission to the country to assess the situation there.
The AU Political, Peace and Security Council said it called on the head of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki, to “engage with stakeholders in the region” on the crisis.
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